School Nurse Team

School nurses are a vital part of the community working with all school aged children and their families.

The Torbay School Nurse Team is comprised of specialist practitioners, qualified registered nurses, nursery nurses and administrators.

The team has two main key responsibilities:

1. To assess, promote and protect the health and well-being of children and young people.

2. To offer confidential advice, care and support on an individual or groups basis to children and young people, parents, carers and educational staff on a range of topics.

Within Torbay the school nurse team offer:

  • Health screening for all reception children and any child or young person who has recently moved into Torbay. During the screening process each individual is offered a hearing assessment and height and weight check.
  • Immunisations - Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) for girls. School Leaver, Meningococcal ACWY and Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio for boys and girls. Flu vaccine for Years 1-3.
  • Provision of training to educational staff .
  • Height and weight measurements for the National Child Measurement Programme available for all children in reception and year 6.
  • Drop-in sessions available for young people and parents/carers. Check times with your school office or contact school nurse team.
  • Annual health assessments and support for children and young people in care.

The school nurse team promote and link with other teams and agencies such as:

  • A&E
  • Audiology and Ophthalmology for hearing or vision assessments
  • Children’s services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Drug and alcohol teams
  • Dieticians and FLIP
  • Education Psychology
  • Education Welfare
  • GP surgeries
  • Health Visitors
  • Lifestyles Team
  • Police
  • Paediatricians
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Schools (primary and secondary)
  • Youth Workers

More information

You can contact the school nurse team and find out more information on the Torbay and South Devon NHS website here:

www.torbayandsouthdevon.nhs.uk